Thursday, June 2, 2016

Alaska Ablaze 2015...

Here's a short slide show we made to share with our church, last year.  In it, are a few pictures from the 2015 Alaska Ablaze Camp held in Mentasta Village. This was the fourth time our church was invited to come and help with camp. We were honored to be a part of the good things that God is doing there. Thank you to our friends and family in Mentasta for having us.

Alaska Ablaze FB:

Music: Touch The Sky by Hillsong United
Available on iTunes:

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Record Project Update 5/28

So it’s been a while since we did the GoFundMe campaign. That was incredible. I cannot believe how much support is behind the project. I wish I could say that we are almost finished w/ recording, but the reality is that the connection that I had fell through and we are back at square one.

During that time, I came away slightly disappointed and discouraged. But what I have learned in this process is that nothing about making a record is easy. I’m learning that I want this process to be fun and enjoyable. I want to make something good…something that’s worth something. But I want do it w/ people who believe in the project.

There’s a quote from the movie, Miracle starring Kurt Russell, that really like. It expresses a something I have come to highly value. Kurt plays Herb Brooks who coached the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey Team. That year, they go on to win the gold medal, defeating a seemingly invincible Russian squad. When putting the team together Coach Brooks is being questioned as to why he is leaving some of the “best” players off the team. Coach Brooks replies, “I’m not looking for the best players, Craig. I’m looking for the right ones.”

I think for me, if I could ask for prayer and/or help, it would be that God would help me to link up with the right ones for this project. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

I'm Possible // Jeremy Cowart

If you have a few minutes to spare, you should watch this video.

So we have the money, now comes the hard part

I'm not sure how many times is too many to say, Thank you.


Thank you.

One of my fears was that after starting up this GoFundMe page, I'd get stuck on something like $80 for months. Well, I am truly humbled and grateful for the support and words of encouragement you have given over the past few weeks.

Now that we've reached our budget goal, the next steps in my mind is to actually record the song, create a website for this project, and get a whole lot of music business stuff in order.

Before, it was always just a dream or something to think about doing...but now that we have the money, it's kind of funny cause I have to go ahead and do something with it. No excuses. I'm excited...and nervous...but mostly excited.

But most of all, I'm thankful and grateful for family and friends to share this journey.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Almost There

Hey everyone,

Ten days ago, I started a campaign to raise $2000 to record and distribute a song I wrote. Today we have almost reached that goal.


Couldn't have done this without you. 

So, thank you. Thank you so much.

Please continue to share this link...

...however and with whoever you can.

For ramblings on other topics, you can connect with me on...
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That's all for now.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

(It's OK to) Give Small, Pass It On

Well, 2 days have past since we started the GoFundMe page. In that time, we've nearly raised $1000! Almost halfway to our $2000 goal.
As I check the page from time to time or am updated by an email from GoFundMe, I am blessed, thankful, and in awe of the support and generosity shown by all of you. Up to this point most of the contributions have been pretty big (or what I would consider big), like $100 - $200. To you friends, thank you

For you others, I know if it were me, might feel pressure to give that way too...but might not be able here's another way...hence the blog title "Give Small, Pass It On".

The short explanation is if you would like to give to the project, $10 is a good number...even $5 is good. But after you donate, pass it on. Here's one way to do that on FB or Twitter...

1. Copy and Paste the GoFundMe link on your Facebook and/or Twitter page:
2. If you want, add a short note about why you're supporting this project. Example: Jared is nice and I like his song. That's why I'm supporting this project! 
3. If you really want to, add #PassItOn to the end of your post along with #JaredsRecording

The "Pass It On" part comes from my elementary days. Maybe you're old enough...I mean, maybe we went to elementary school around the same time...or...ummm...anyway, back to my story. As lunch would finish up, before we could go to recess, we'd have to be dismissed by a teacher. When a few kids noticed that a table had gotten dismissed, you would always hear them telling the others to be quiet and "be good" so the teacher would dismiss our table. Now if you remember, cafeteria tables were long and rectangular so most times you would hear the signal, which would be whispered (usually) starting from the aisle and ending at the wall, "Be quiet...pass it on." 

 So friends, consider this our aisle... #PassItOn #JaredsRecording #100isGreatBut10isGoodToo

If you aren't able to part w/ a few bucks at this time, I totally understand. But you could like my music page. That's free...

Monday, February 15, 2016

Help this Kid...

Hey friends,

So I've decided to go ahead and try to record a single. If you'd like to support this project, click here and you'll be taken to my GoFundMe page.

I'm looking to raise money to record a worship song I wrote entitled, For You So Loved. Money raised will go toward...
- studio recording, mixing and mastering,
- distribution via CD Baby, iTunes, Google Play and other digital outlets,
- website development, and
- promotion of song via website and social media.

Hoping to raise enough funds by the end of March 2016.

A little bit about this project...and myself. To be honest, I've been back and forth about doing something like this for a while. Basically, what it boils down to is the excitement of creating and producing something of my very own, versus the fear of complete and total failure.  The latter has won most days. Recently, a few friends have asked me about some of my songs and it got me thinking, that although trying to do something like this could end up being a huge fail...what if it doesn't?

If we can make this happen, it will be incredible. Any amount of donation is appreciated. If you can't donate to the project, a share on FB, Twitter, or any social media platform is just as good. If you can do both, that would be amazing!

If the response to this project is good, I hope to record more songs in the future.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Also, that is me pictured above...way way way back in the day.
(Picture credit: My mom)